Ettore Bastianini

The Italian baritone Ettore Bastianini (1922 – 1967) owned one of the truly stupendous voices of the 1950s. A true matinee idol at the Met, La Scala, and the Vienna State Opera, as well as at Lyric, he dazzled Chicago audiences for five seasons. He was especially celebrated for Verdi repertoire, in which his unmistakable dark timbre, his dramatic intensity, and his overwhelming charisma made an overwhelming impact.

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Ettore Bastianini's roles at Lyric

Main photo: Giorgio Casellato-Lamberti (Radamès), Leontyne Price (Aida), Ettore Bastianini (Amonasro), and Fiorenza Cossotto (Amneris) in Aida, 1965. Photo by David H. Fishman.
Audio photo: Ettore Bastianini in Rigoletto, 1962. Photo by Nancy Sorensen.